Parents Information

We, the HYC Youth Program Staff and HYC Youth Committee, understand that we must proactively teach our parents the basics of the sport, rules of etiquette, appropriate behavior at practices and competitions, their specific role on the parent-coach-athlete team, our philosophy about competition, winning and team function, our “mission” for the season, our expectations of their children and the consequences for not following the rules.

We believe that by actively educating our parents and utilizing the “proactive” model via regular written communication, and face to face parent-administrator meetings throughout the season, we will dramatically increase our chances of creating a successful and mutually satisfying experience for all involved.

Sail Program FAQ

What Is The Daily Sailing Schedule?    

Sailors, other than beginners, are expected to arrive early each day so they can rig their boats before class begins. Lessons will begin promptly as scheduled Latecomers may spend the day on the beach, as classes will not be delayed. We hope that each child will attend all scheduled classes in order to gain the greatest benefit from the program.
Your child’s instructors have planned a busy and wide-ranging schedule of activities for all classes. A sailing calendar is available that gives the dates of all sailing program events and regattas, as well as regattas not sponsored by the sailing program but open to our junior sailors. Coaches and instructors will make sailors and their parents aware of any additional regattas and other special events that are added as the summer goes along.
Every Friday afternoon, by 4:00pm, a schedule will be posted on the bulletin board on the patio listing the scheduled and special activities for the youth program for the following week. Variations from the usual routine such as picnics, longer days, etc., will be posted, please make note of them.

What Boats Are Sailed In The Program?

International Optimist Dinghy (Opti): Single-handed
Laser: Single-handed
Club 420: Double-handed
Hunter 140: 3 sailors per boat

Can My Children Participate If They Don't Have A Boat?    

The Club owns Hunters 140’s and Club 420’s, but not Opti’s or Lasers. If your child will be sailing a Hunter or 420, you need not own one for him/her to participate. If your child intends to sail an Opti or a Laser he/she must have one available to him/her prior to the start of the program.

Do My Children Have To Be Able To Swim To Participate?

Yes! Competent swimming skills are an absolutely vital component of good, safe sailing. The HYC youth sailing program has a companion youth swimming program. All sailors must take both a swimming test and swimming lessons every year, until they’ve passed Community Water Safety. Our schedule is structured to accommodate both activities. 

What Do My Children Need To Bring To The Sailing Program?    

If sailing an Optimist Dinghy (Opti), your sailor will need access to their own boat.
In addition to their boat and its equipment, each sailor will need:
U.S.Coast.Guard approved life jacket (required) with whistle securely attached (required)
Shoes with covered toes (required) – no sandals
Water bottle (with water in it!)
Dry clothes for after lessons
Rain gear (we go out in the rain!)
Watch with countdown timer (advanced programs only) 


Remember, it gets hot out there! Please emphasize to your children the importance of protecting themselves from the sun – including wearing their hats, sunglasses and sunscreen – and protecting themselves from dehydration. Stress the importance of drinking their water before they feel thirsty. If they feel thirsty, they are already dehydrated. Be sure to send your children to the program with all their equipment every day!
Note: Please check daily to make sure your child brings home everything she/he brought to the Club in the morning. An incredible array of towels, life jackets, sunglasses, shoes and other items accumulates at the Club every season. Lost and found items will be placed on a rack outside the youth room. Be sure to check this rack regularly for familiar belongings. All remaining items be disposed of each Friday.  

How Can I Help My Child Have A Good Experience With The Youth Programs?

That’s simple: be involved and supportive. The Youth Committee needs and welcomes help from parents with several aspects of the program over the course of the summer. You may want to help chaperone a dance, drive a group to a regatta, volunteer for the HYC Youth Invitational. There are lots of jobs for non-sailing parents! Contact the Sailing Master to find out how you can be involved.
Another way to be involved is to ask your children what they have learned. Sailing has a vernacular all its own. Have your children show you the new skills they are learning. Ask your young sailors to explain terms they use and to demonstrate the knots they’ve learned. “What does transom mean?” “What is port tack?” “How is a race course set up?” Your asking reinforces what they’ve learned, and if you’re interested, they’ll be interested. Encourage them to practice their skills when they are in and on the water.
Please contact the Sailmaster for more information at

Swim Program FAQ

Do You Encourage My Child To Swim Outside Of Class?

Yes! We all know that the more you practice a skill, the more competent you become. The more competent you are, the more you enjoy the sport and the more you will want to participate in it. Since one of our goals is to develop swimmers who enjoy swimming and are confident around the water, we formally encourage them to swim outside of class. Beginning with Level IV – Intermediates, participants are required to complete an age appropriate number of miles to move on to the next level. Most of these miles are accomplished in class for those swimmers who attend all of the classes. Children who swim these miles get the greatest benefit from the program.

Level IV – Intermediates - 4 miles
Level V – Swimmers - 6 miles CWS/BWR – 8 miles
Level VI – Advanced Swimmers - 10 miles
Instructor Training – 12 miles

Do You Have Classes On Rainy Days?

Yes! Depending on the of the weather, the children either swim or the classes are held inside. There are many activities that teach water safety that can be practiced on land.

How Can I Get My Child Ready For A Lesson?

Keep them out of the water! Children who come to class wet, cold and tired do not want to participate in the class for the entire lesson. We would like you to keep your child out of the water for at least 30 minutes prior to class.

How Can I Help My Child Have A Good Experience With The Youth Programs?

That’s simple: be involved and supportive. The youth committee needs and welcomes help from parents with several aspects of the program over the course of the summer. You may want to help chaperone a dance, drive a group to a swim meet, or volunteer for the HYC Youth Invitational. There are lots of jobs for non-sailing parents! Contact the Swim Master to find out how you can be involved.
Encourage them to practice their skills when they are in and on the water. Let your child spend time at a beach or pool having fun. Children who are comfortable in the water make confident swimmers. Go swimming with them! If your children see you enjoying the water, they will want to participate as well.

Youth Program Discipline Policy

In order to run a safe and productive program we need to have a discipline policy. Our discipline policy maintains that each participant will have three chances to correct any disciplinary problems that arise.
Cause for disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to:
  • Continued and willful disobedience
  • Open defiance of the authority of any instructor
  • Conduct of such nature as to constitute a continuing danger to the physical well being of other participants
  • Physical or verbal assault upon another participant or upon any instructor or other club employee
  • Taking, or attempting to take personal property or money from another participant by means of force or fear
  • Willfully causing, or attempting to cause substantial damage to club property

We have a strict 1, 2, 3 Strikes - You're Out, policy. Parents are involved at every stage.

First "strike", your parent will be called by the instructor and the transgression will be reported. This will be recorded in your file and the program director will be notified.
Second "strike", you and your parents will be asked to meet with the instructor and the program director to discuss the first and second transgression and to create a plan that will avoid any future misbehavior. The notes from this meeting will also be documented in your file.
Third "strike", you're out! We will notify your parents that you - the participant - have been dismissed from the program. There will be no refund.

Parents' Bill of Rights

The Hyannis Yacht Club Youth Sailing and Swimming Program believes that parents have rights and their questions regarding the program are reasonable and important.
  • Parents have the right to know that their children will be safe with the staff both physically and emotionally.
  • Parents have the right to know that the staff is experienced in the sport of sailing and swimming, and is trained in proper safety procedures on and off the water.
  • Parents have the right to know that all children will be treated fairly, and each child will be treated as an individual.
  • Parents have the right to know that any negative or cruel behavior amongst the students or between the students and the staff will not be tolerated.
  • Parents have the right to know that the staff will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Parents have the right to know that they can approach the staff after hours with an appropriate concern and the staff will listen carefully to their concerns and will do everything possible to address the issue.
  • Parents have the right to know that their children will learn, improve, and have fun with the sports of sailing and swimming.

Parents' Code of Conduct

The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles:
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Good citizenship.
The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character."

I therefore agree:
  • I will enjoy my child's opportunity to experience the benefits of sport.
  • I will trust in my child's ability to have fun as well as to perform and achieve excellence on his/her own.
  • I will help my child to learn the right lessons from winning and losing and from individual accomplishments and mistakes.
  • I will respect my child's peers and fellow parents as well as the players, parents and coaches from opposing clubs.
  • I will give only encouragement and applaud only positive accomplishments whether for my child, his/her teammates, their opponents or the officials.
  • I will respect my child's instructor/coach and support his/her efforts.
  • I will not instruct from the sidelines unless asked to by the instructor/coach.
  • I will insure that my child will attend all events and training sessions possible and, when not possible, I agree to inform the coach in advance.
  • I will respect the officials and their authority during events.
  • I will never demonstrate threatening or abusive behavior or use foul language.
  • I will be responsible to report to the HYC Swimming or Sailing Program Director of any perceived misconduct by coach/instructor, participant, parent or official so it can be dealt with in the appropriate manner.